'American Idol' season 17: Margie Mays aka 'Burping Girl' stuns judges and viewers alike

'American Idol' season 17: Margie Mays aka 'Burping Girl' stuns judges and viewers alike

'American Idol' season 17 is off to a great start. With three episodes of auditions behind us, the series has left fans and viewers wanting more. The makers of the show teased that it was going to be an emotional season and have since gone on to set a high benchmark for emotional performances. 

Every contestant that received a golden ticket was unique and talented in their own way. Many of them stood out for their amazing performances, like Alejandro Arana and Shayy from episode two. However, one contestant who left a lasting impression on fans and the judges was Margie Mays.


Margie Mays' performance will always be something that fans and viewers will never forget. Not just because of her amazing voice, but because of her wacky behavior that everyone couldn't help but fall in love with. Mays is a 25-year-old dog walker from Wilmington, DE. Mays is also known as the burping girl because she burps when she is nervous. That's not all, apart from her belching, Mays is also a high energetic bird chirper which left fans taking to social media and imitating the same.

"Stellar performer! All that energy will come in useful for her music career. #AmericanIdol," said a fan. While another added, "BURPING GIRL HAS A VOICE #americanidol." 


Even though Mays started off with her wacky behavior, the minute she started singing, she left everyone spellbound. Her voice radiated with power and energy as she performed at ease with her vocal range hitting all the right notes. After her performance, Katy Perry told her, "You’re literally a star."

Though her high energy was loved by fans and viewers all over, Lionel Richie was a little weirded out by her. After her performance, when he was asked to give his opinion on her, he said, "You want my honest opinion? I think I need to check into a home somewhere."

However, that did not stop Mays from getting two OKs from Katy Perry and Luke Bryan which got her the golden ticket she needed to head on to Hollywood.

While most people loved her performance and her wacky behavoir, there were some viewers who did not like her for her behavior alone. "This show is total idiot television. Be wacky. Make a skit out of your audition. The judges can make funny faces. No talent necessary. You’re going to Hollywood," wrote a viewer. While another added, "that burping was OBNOXIOUS!!"

With such high engery and a voice to match it, we cannot wait to see what she brings to the next round, or if she makes it to the Top 20. 

'American Idol' airs every Sunday and Wednesday on ABC. Check your local listings for more information.

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